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Middle School Teacher Charged With Battery After Allegedly Hurling Hash Browns

Simone Paolercio teaches children during the week at Lakeland's Highlands Middle School, but this Saturday, she was allegedly tossing hash browns at a McDonald's employee.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Paolercio, 39, rolled through the McDonald's drive-through around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, and ordered around $20 worth of food.

When the guy working the drive-through handed off the food to Paolercio, there was something she wasn't too happy about in there.

The sheriff's office says Paolercio demanded a refund, and the employee refused to do that.

Eventually, she tossed the hash browns through the window, "striking the window attendant in the face and chest."

Of course, there was a camera pointed at the drive-through window, so we've got the screenshot from that:

Middle School Teacher Charged With Battery After Allegedly Hurling Hash Browns
Polk County Sheriff's Office


The cops say Paolercio then "fled the area" before sheriff's deputies caught up with her.

Paolercio was booked into the Polk County Jail on the battery charge.


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